Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to the verse. As always I am PhoenixOtaku1990 and I’m back with something I rarely do these days, an old-fashioned list.
Folks, 2020 has been without a doubt a hellish year for all of us. We have one of the most virulent plagues in the last century to ravage the human population, celebrities of note dying left and right, and for my American brethren we are facing an election that is more divisive than any in our history. As morbid and stressful as things have become I feel it is my solemn duty take give my readers some form of escapism. Given that many of us are still quarantined, I thought I would give us a little something to be happy about while our collective governments force us to fuse ourselves with our couches; so, without further ado I present to you the top ten shows to watch in quarantine.
Before we get into it let me lay down a few rules for this list:
- All of the anime on this list will be easily accessible via streaming sites like Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, etc.
- Everything on this list will offer you some form of escapism rather it be supernatural, mental, romantic, or lighthearted. As such, I will try to stay away from anything that is dark and gritty as I feel that is enough of that in the world right now.
- Keep in mind that this list is expressly my opinion and any show that appears here in is out of order as I am not trying to rate them. This is simply an unorganized and uncategorized list of shows that I would recommend during quarantine.
With the criteria established and the rules in place let’s begin the list.
- Cells at Work
I’m starting off this list with what is arguably one of the most lighthearted and downright kinky shows you can find these days. Admittedly, I have only watched a few episodes of this little slice of life series, however, its particular charms, and its characters and its comedy. As odd as it may be to recommend a show about cells in the body it’s funny heartwarming nature is what keeps me wanting to come back to it. Though I haven’t had much time to watch anime of late this is been at the top of my list. If you need to find it you may find it subbed on Crunchyroll.
- Food Wars
Proceeding to the nightspot on our list, I have what I can only describe as the perfect combination of shonen action show and food network cooking contest simulator. On its surface, food wars about students at an internationally renowned cooking school working to become the world’s most skillful chefs. Each episode of this show is is visually tantalizing and narratively delicious as the food served by our protagonists. If you’re in the mood to watch an amazing slice of life with a little bit of shonen tension and action mixed in and you’re in for a major foodgasm. So take my advice, pull up a chair, strap on the feed bag, and let Soma and the gang please your pallets with an awesome binging session.
To be honest the Disney nerd in me wants to start singing Be Our Guest while writing this but moving on…
8. Ouran High School Host Club
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it many more times. You cannot go wrong with a classic. This absolute legend of the reverse harem genre is one event I find myself taking a glance back at from time to time. It’s a slice of life piece that is heavy on the fluff, romantic, and easy to get into. Each person within the show has a great back story that serves to make them more lovable and alarming lead, the ever enjoyable Haruhi Fujoka makes for an interesting protagonist as she goes through the series. Every character, regardless of importance the cast has back stories to keep you emotionally invested in you really just want to see everything work out in the end.
So, if you guys want to sit down in binge this one with their partners in tow I would highly recommend it. Simply snuggle on the couch with your significant other, turn on the host club and let the emotional roller coaster begin. It is currently available on most streaming services and I can guarantee its awesomeness as an antidepressant.
- Case Closed: Detective Conan
An oldie but a goodie, I first saw the show in the early 2000’s premiering alongside Witch Hunter Robin of all things. Now, to be honest I was going to put Death Note on this list, but given the state of the world at the time of writing this I don’t feel like it would be a very wise thing to do. Detective Conan stores a team detective by the name of Jimmy Kudo who is turning to a child by happenstance and must find the people who caused this mishap in his life. By adopting a persona by the name of Conan he slowly works his way through a few cases and attempt to find the ne’er-do-wells that left him in his precarious position.
For the more cerebral among us, this show is going to feed that ministry H that we all have. While it doesn’t have the intense mental puzzle solving of shows like Death Note it does bring a camping ministry to the table with each new episode. If you like something with a bit more camp and less character drama this is for you. To my knowledge, I do believe you can still find Case Closed on Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. If you want a decent ministry series with more thrills and less chills give this one a watch.
As odd as it sounds for me to be recommending a member of Shonen Jump’s big three on the list I’m putting it out here. Don’t sleep on Naro to as binge fodder. It has deep and complicated lore, a well-built world, and a likable protagonist (as long as you can get past the believe that stage.) If you’ve got some time on your hands and truly just want to watch one of the greatest shows in recent memory I encourage you to give it a watch. However, if you’re not a fan of the bright orange knuckle headed ninja I’m not forcing it. For those so inclined, it’s available on every streaming site you can get your hands on.
- High school DxD
this next once for all the few among you that just want to turn their brains off for a while and indulge in some good old-fashioned fan service. High school DxD is what you get when you combine a supernatural action story with some of the best designs of the harem genre. Throw in a pinch of superbly horn dog protagonist, given a plot that takes itself way too seriously and you’ve got this show. To be fair, the three seasons of the show know exactly what it is and makes no qualms about displaying its heritage loud and proud. If you’re looking into the eternal battle between good and evil flavored with interesting characters and a generous helping of plot this is the right show for you.
Okay harem junkie that’s enough out of you for now… Oh, sorry, sorry, next item!
- The Familiar of Zero
Though it is impossible to find this showed Doug beyond its first season in the United States, I have to make special mention of The Familiar of Zero. Not only do we have a fantastic setting and a brilliant cast of characters but if you’re looking for the origins of the fandom’s darling Isekai genre this is one of the first I’ve ever had the privilege of watching. The story follows a young girl and a magical school that’s is not as adept at the required talent. Upon summoning a familiar she actually pulls a young Japanese man across dimensions and into her world. After that, hijinks and hilarity ensue.
If you’re looking for a show that brings the best of fantasy elements, world building, and comedy to the table in one sitting this is your exact cup of tea. If you want romantic elements there here, if you want a slight harem element it’s even easier. Overall, I would recommend this one to any fan who has yet to partake in Louise’s particular brand of comedy.
- The Overly Cautious Hero
I know what you’re thinking, a newer title on a list like this? Really Phoenix? Honestly yes, of the few pieces I’ve had the fortune to watch over the last 2 1/2 years this is definitely one most worthy of writing home about. It’s essentially what would happen if you pulled the most cautious person alive into another world and cast them as the protagonist in their own good versus evil hero story. It features the most comical dissection of the format to date and even makes fun of the whole goddess hero trope. If you want a nice, comedic romp to keep you satisfied during your time indoors this is the best I can give you. To my knowledge it is sadly only available on Crunchyroll.
- Carnival Phantasm
Folks, I’m a major fan of Fate Stay Night and the Fate series in general. So, I’m going to put the most obscure series in the Type-Moon catalog (aside from Tsukihime). Carnival Phantasm is a comedic take on the masters and servants of the Fate Stay Night timeline. You get some of the funniest interactions between the characters that you will ever see the outside of their main timeline. More than that, you’re not weighed down by the convoluted story of the main series. It’s something that you can easily turn your brain off with and it’s still better than the fandom enema that is Prisma Illiya series. I do believe you can find it on Crunchyroll.
To close out our list I present to you one of the finest pieces of animated fiction ever to grace the screens of East or West. This has to be one of my oldest favorites on record. If you will like cultural fairytales mixed in with the generous helping of romance, love triangles and more than enough teen angst to qualify twilight for sainthood take a watch on this. The tension between the main leads, the slow acquisition of friends, and the comedic and emotional tones of the show itself come together to make a generous watching experience. Be careful though, you may cry at the end of this long series. It is both fantastic and relatable in terms of relationships. But don’t just take my word for that, you can watch the initial series and the Final Act conclusion on Crunchyroll so don’t be afraid to enjoy the feudal fairytale.
There you have it folks, my take on on shows to watch during the coronavirus outbreaks. It might not mean much but I hope all my readers are safe in this time of uncertainty. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to keep ourselves safe in this time of trial. So stay home, keep calm, and watch anime. Keep an eye out on the verse for upcoming content. I’m about to make a comeback in a big way and you guys are going to love it.